Pawan Chamling Becomes India’s Longest Serving CM

Published on April 29, 2018
The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Chamling has surpassed Jyoti Basu to become the longest serving Chief Minister of India.
Pawan Chamling becomes India’s longest serving CM
  • Pawan Chamling became the chief minister of Sikkim on December 12, 1994, and has ruled the state ever since.
  • His other two counterparts are Dr Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh (the longest-serving CM from the BJP) and Naveen Patnaik (Odisha’s longest-serving CM).
  • Pawan Chamling is known as ‘Kiran’ and ‘Green Crusader’ who brought the primacy of Nature back to a land once ravaged by corruption. 

About Pawan Chamling

  • Pawan Chamling was born on 22nd September 1950.
  • He is the fifth and incumbent Chief Minister of the northeastern state- Sikkim.
  • He is the second chief minister in India after Jyoti Basu, of West Bengal to govern a state five terms in a row.
  • Chamling’s party Sikkim Democratic Front won the 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 Sikkim Legislative Assembly elections.
  • He started his political journey in 1973 as the founder president of the Sikkim Democratic Front, which has governed the state for five successive terms since 1994.
  • Under Chamling’s leadership, Sikkim is one of the fastest growing states as its GDP has shown great improvement.

Growth of Sikkim under Pawan Chamling

  • Sikkim is steadily moving towards being a 100 percent literate state. Its current literacy rate is 82 percent. 
  • Seventy percent of Sikkim’s budget goes to the rural sector.
  • Today the state has 44 clean industries—all green—such as distilleries, pharma, hotels and more. 
  • Sikkim’s teacher-student ratio is the best in India—1:10 in primary and 1:21 in secondary schools.

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